vegetarian stew(Jamaican Style)

Vegetarian Stew

I love me some stew, this has become one of the staple dishes on my menu since I became a vegetarian. I used to love the stew with all the meats before I became a vegetarian. As vegetarians, it is hard sometime to figure what to eat, especially if you are on a budget.

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This recipe I am sharing with you is fairly easy to prepare and affordable; the hardest part I would say is for the beans to cook. Here it goes:

vegetarian stew peas
Vegetable Stew

Preparation time is about 35 minutes

Cooking time about 2 hours

Serves about 6 person(s)


  • 12 cups water
  • 3 cups kidney beans
  • 1 pound pumpkin
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium-size dry coconut/powdered coconut milk/can coconut milk
  •  Large carrot(1)
  • 1 pound sweet potato
  • Dough(enough to make some spinners/ small dumplings
  • Pimento seed
  • Sweet pepper
  • Scotch bonnet pepper/hot pepper
  • Escallion
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash the kidney beans
  • Pour the 3 cups of water in a pot with the kidney beans, garlic pimento, and hot pepper, boil until the peas are tender.
  • If you are using a dried coconut you need to take it out of the shell cut it up small, blend it and let it cook with the beans. When using the powder or can, add it when the beans are cooked.
  • Wash and peel the pumpkin, sweet potato and carrot and dice them up and add to the beans
  • Use the dough to make very small spinners/ dumplings and add to the pot
  • Wash your escallion(crushed), thyme, sweet pepper(cut up) and salt
  • let this simmer for about 20 minutes on low flame.(the end product should be thick/ not watery)
  • pumpkin and sweet potato will help to thicken the stew.

I Like to eat this with some pumpkin rice but you can have it with just about anything like bread, dumplings, ground provisions…. 

Note that the cooking time varies depending on how long the beans take to cook and if you use a pressure cooker.

Try it, I know you will enjoy it.

“Eat well today for happiness tomorrow”

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